Sunday, December 25, 2011

English Leagues the 60s: Queens Park Rangers West Bromwich Albion League Cup 1966 1967

4 March 1967
Wembley Stadium,

Attendance: 97,952
Referee: Walter Crossley

The first final to be held as a single event - previous finals following the competition's formation in 1961 had been held over two legs - the Wembley showpiece did not disappoint. The famous stadium had hosted the World Cup final a year earlier and when top-flight West Brom took a 2-0 lead over Third Division QPR, thanks to two goals from Clive Clark against his old side, many thought that they would go on to finish the job.

However, the comeback began as Roger Moran headed home in the 63rd minute and one of the most memorable goals in the competition's history levelled the scores just 12 minutes later. Rodney Marsh dribbled through the Baggies' defence, eluding countless tackles on his way, before sliding his shot past goalkeeper Dick Sheppard and in off the post. With spirits high, QPR pushed on and, with nine minutes left, centre-half Ron Hunt challenged Sheppard and the ball broke for Mark Lazarus to smash home the winner. QPR had scored three goals in 20 second-half minutes to turn the tie on its head, and they became the first Third Division side to win a major trophy, although were not allowed to enter the Fairs Cup due to their league status.

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